Pulses are the nutritionally-dense edible seeds of legumes, including dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses take less energy to grow than other crops, producing fewer greenhouse gases. Pulse crops are also one of the most environmentally-friendly sources of protein, contributing to sustainable food production by protecting and improving soil and water resources.
All pulses are very high sources of fibre, an excellent source of folate, an excellent source of iron if eaten with a source of vitamin C, high in complex carbohydrates, and low in fat.
Pulses are widely grown in different regions of the world, with the highest production coming from countries such as India, Canada, and Myanmar. The top importing countries of pulses include India, Egypt, Turkey, and Bangladesh, among others.